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Mad Sheep author to speak at Green Mountain College

POULTNEY, VT – Linda Faillace, the author of Mad Sheep: The True Story of the USDA’s War on a Family Farm, and her husband, Larry, are slated to speak at Green Mountain College on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall.

The event is co-sponsored by the College’s Family Farm Forum and Chelsea Green Publishing. It is free and open to the public.

Linda’s book, published in 2006, details her family’s struggle to save their flock of sheep from destruction at the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, after it was alleged the animals carried a disease similar to Mad Cow Disease. Although the Faillaces questioned the government’s testing methods and results – and raised concerns about the USDA’s motivation for targeting the sheep – armed federal agents seized the animals in March of 2001, after months of surveillance.

The show-down drew national attention to the tiny community of East Warren and prompted a debate about the government’s relationship with big industry versus small-scale farmers.

Publisher Chelsea Green calls Mad Sheep “the account of one family’s struggle against a bullying and corrupt government agency that long ago abandoned the family farmer to serve the needs of corporate agriculture and the industrialization of our food supply.”

The talk is part of the Family Farm Forum, a series dedicated to bringing farmers, students, community members and food experts together to discuss current issues.

For more information, contact the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.

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